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but be a lot colder. >> pelley: david, thanks very much. the economy has turned unexpectedly cloudy. government data out today showed the economy shrank for the first time since the great recession. it contracted at an annual rate of 0.1% the last three months of 2012. the economy had grown 3.1% the previous quarter. a shrinking economy over time spells recession, but don't panic yet. this number is likely to be revised as more data come in. senior business correspondent anthony mason found this dark cloud may have a silver lining. >> reporter: the headline may be disappointing, but the underlying economy was showing renewed strength at the end of last year. consumer spending, which drives two-thirds of the economy, was up 2.2%. home building soared more than 15% and contributed to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in six years. only government spending cuts on defense caused overall economic growth to flatline. julia coronado is chief economist with p.n.b.-paribas. >> the fiscal tightening is taking a toll. it took a toll on growth in 2012. it will take a toll again in 2013. >> report
. the economy suddenly stops growing. anthony mason looks at the surprising new numbers and with the super bowl coming this weekend, jim axelrod in new orleans, where the city's chefs have served up an economic recovery. >> reporter: the population shrunk, and yet the number of the restaurants went up? >> yeah, it's a miracle, isn't it? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the senate judiciary committee had assembled for the first congressional gun control hearing since the sandy hook tragedy when the surprise witness appeared. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords of arizona was led by the hand by her husband, mark kelly. it was two years ago this month that giffords was shot through the head during a meeting in tucson. 18 others were shot and six died. a day of testimony began with this: >> speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold. be courageous. amer
. china is back and we're seeing the managed triumph of an economy. is that your take? >> pretty clear to me. through wrought the whole concerns about china, which, of course, went on and off all the way through until the late autumn, i was very skeptical about that and i thought we were managing things pretty well. so i was and i remain very relaxed and we'll get the next sets of chinese data in the next week or so. and i'm pretty sure it will show further evidence of china bouncing a bit. .more importantly, that china is slowly adjusting to an economy not so dependent on exports or government investment. and that's what they need and that's what we all want from them. and that is pretty important. >> jim, is it your thought that people should at this point just kind of hold off and pull back and wait and see what happens over the next several months instead of sell in may and go away, is this sell in february and go away? >>. i prefer the sell in may and go away. it has a remarkable rhythm to it. and the fact that a couple of other things successfully passed in january, it's the firs
to the economy. a day after the dow closed above the 14,000 mark for the first time since before the financial crisis. >> we are poised to grow in 2013. and the real signs of progress. home prices are starting to climb again. car sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing is roaring back. our businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. and we just learned that our economy created more jobs over the last few months than economists originally thought. >> now, former senator scott brown says he will not run on a special senate election in massachusetts. it's a setback. republicans who hope to win the seat vacated by secretary of state john kerry. brown lost hre-election bid to elizabeth warren in november. for more on the response to the milestone week to the dow, let's go to kristen welker at the white house for us. good saturday morning to you. what is the take on the latest economic news, after the rocky start with the negative gdp number? >> good morning, alex. a real mixed bag this week. the white house responding as they typically do, when we get one of these jobs reports or gdp report
's economy. david cay johnston on today's troubling gdp report. >>> bobby jindal breaks his own rule. >> we've got to stop being the stupid party. >> find out how the poor in his state are about to start suffering on friday. >>> and brand-new polling proves again that we're living in a center-left country. tonight i'll tell you why it's up to one person to keep it that way. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. an emotional scene on capitol hill today. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords returned to congress for a senate hearing on gun violence. two years ago, giffords was shot in the head during a shooting spree that killed six people in tucson, arizona. the 71 words gifford spoke today did not come easy for her. but her message is one every american needs to hear. >> thank you for inviting me. here today. this is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do somethin
's specious. >>> the economy took an urn expected turn. it shrank for the first time since the great recession. >> reporter: the headline may be disappointing, but the underlying economy was showing renewed strength at the end of last year. consumer spending, which drives 2/3 of the economy was up 2.2%. home building soared more than 15%. and it contributed to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in six years. only government spending cuts on defense caused overall economic growth to flat-line. >> the fiscal tightening is taking a toll. it took a toll on growth in 2012. it will take a toll again in 2013. >> reporter: but in the trade channels of the u.s. economy, the tide appears to be turning. >> i think it's getting better. things are definitely getting better. >> reporter: robert landry is chief commercial officer at portland of new orleans. >> do you think of the port as a leading indicator? >> we are. we see a lot of things before it hits the economy. when people are making decisions, they're making them months in afrd vance to get them -- in advance to get them on board a ship. we'
: meanwhile breaking news on the economy. it's the worst it's been in more than three years. but democrats aren't blaming the tax hikes they just pushed through. no. something else. >> our economy is facing a major headline which goes to your point, and that's republicans in congress. >>steve: darned republicans. democrats' plan? print more money. brian. >>brian: make way for the future site of the obama library. but first we need to get ronald reagan's childhood home out of the way. break out the bulldozer. "fox & friends" starts tphoufplt >>gretchen: good morning. usually when we come in in the morning, we all have our own ways of preparing for the show. unfortunately i have to spend a little bit more time in hair and makeup. and during that time is when i start looking at the news papers, the hard-core ones, not on my ipad. i have to say i was a little shocked at the front cover of the new york post this morning when it hit my lap. that one right there. dan marino, we all know over at cbs sports, hall of fame quarterback with the miami dolphins, probably the best quarterback to not win
that gdp report. the gdp report it looked like who knows? whenever an economy shrinks, usually it's like kosh roaches, not just one, usually you get another negative quarter coming soon. so this kind of reassures us maybe there's going to be upward revision in that fourth quarter gdp report. so things look okay, we're creating jobs, but as you said, job growth is still really, really slow. listen, to get -- remember, we want to get back to like that 5% rate maybe. at this pace it will take 100 months to get back to 5%. so listen, maybe okay, you don't have to worry about a recession, but if you're looking for strong growth we're not seeing it yet. >> this is still -- we're going to bring in somebody from the joint economic committee in a second. this is still the worst modern recovery in gdp and jobs going back to 1947, no matter how you slice it. but i think the upper revisions really helped trigger the market. let's get a second opinion on today's jobs stories and the outlook for the economy. here we have a republican response. south carolina republican congressman nick mulvaney. he's
, family reuniting and the talk of a positive impact that immigration has on the economy were all well receive people acting in community together said that no one is looking for a free ride. >> i think earned citizenship, people are willing to pay fines for coming here. i -- families have said that to me personally. >> i talked with the pastor of our lady of guadelupe church, who was in the audience and he said that he thinks that immigration reform is imminent. i talked to the father this afternoon, and he said that the president was right to talk about the immigration in terms of the impact on business and the economy. i will share more with you coming up on nbc bay area news. >> chris, we will see you then. still ahead, against all odds, a soldier that survived losing four limbs on the battlefield, now this vet is using his experience to inspire others. >> also, this is a story that belongs to everyone. and it is so cool to be able to share this with everyone. >> a trip down memory lane ends with history being rewritten, what a woman found out about her family that could change the
the economy, they say, is starting to turn around. what is going on here? we will bring in the senior business correspondent and anchor of bulls & bears. thank you for joining us. this number, then, is increasing. in fact, two years ago, 42 percent of retirees were putting off retirement. why the increase? >> it has been -- we have been getting more gray as a workforce because people have longer life spans and they have better health. we have switched from defined pension benefits to more risky 401(k) plans for people who have worked longer. the last two years was a dramatic jump leaving us to think it is something to do with the economy. people have been drawing down the 401(k)'s and into their savings because they have lost jobs and the value of homes are going down. the storm now is back where it was before the big financial meltdown in 2008 but, however, there is a feeling of insecurity. that is what is driving people to stay in the workforce longer. >>heather: home prices are rising now, and you mention the stock which has turned around if now. so, with the economy possibly rebounding, ho
. an economy's growth is determined by how many people work, how hard they work, and how efficient they are. and in order to get an economy going, you need that type of an environment, so this is a good number. > economics 101. let me ask you about the participation rate. we haven't talked about that. but it is there every month. and there is some significant data there. > > sure. i guess the most significant thing that we are witnessing now is that people are staying in the workforce longer. so if you actually look at people who are above age 65 or even above age 60, you are seeing that they are participating in the labour force much longer than they had in the past. and that is actually a decent thing longer- term. > now, that is not necessarily for economic reasons. we are living longer after all. > > sure. we are living longer, all kinds of factors are weighing in, and i think people are just less confident in retirement, and they want to make sure they still have an income stream. probably some of that even has to do with low fixed income rates these days. in order to collect some inco
. >> old man winter taking us for a ride. >>> the other big story, the economy. the powerful rally on wall street. if you've invested in stocks, these are good days. >> and for the reasons stocks are reaching near record levels, we're joined by tahman bradley here in new york. >> so nice to be with you here. seems like the economy is turning around. new data is sh are giving both investors and home owners reasons to smile. the economy posts numbers we haven't seen in years. it looks and feels like a comeback. stocks and the nation's housing market are soaring. the dow nearly hit the 14,000 mark yesterday, reaching the highest level in fife years. after an increase in 850 points in january, the dow is only 200 points away in the all-time high. the result, american investments are surging. the average 401(k) retirement account increased 20% in the last year. from $64,000 to $80,000. >> the worst case scenarios, people can start to think, all right, we're not going the go there. >> reporter: on the housing front, home prices rose 5.5% in november. the biggest year to year increase since the h
to the economy. the labor department releases january's employment report this morning. the economy remains sluggish challenged by a steep decline in defense spending and the impact of higher social security taxes. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. yeah, we have an economy that's still struggling despite some positive signs like higher consumer spending, higher business investment. the job market is similar. we expect sluggish growth in today's report. of course, any surprises there could jolt the market. wall street is eagerly awaiting the government's january jobs report. analysts predict the country added jobs last month but not enough to buck the unemployment rate from its current 7.8%. >> it's been a slow process. >> latoya patrick is one of america's estimated 12 million unemployed workers. she's been looking for a job since the fall after graduating with a master's degree. >> i'm not going to lie. it's been really tough sometimes. when you're home, you feel like you feel like you know i spent all this
of cyber warfare just became more real for a lot of americans. >>> mixed signals in the american economy. wall street closes out its best january in almost 20 years. but what about the other indicators that we're headed for more trouble. >>> and breaking her silence. beyonce shows up in new orleans, and in the process delivers what one reporter called the first in your face moment of the super bowl. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. the people at the brady campaign to prevent gun violence, the people who also compile the numbers, tell us that so far today, 203 people have been shot in this country. that's just today, and just as of 6:00 p.m. eastern time. among the shootings, kauffman, texas, an assistant district attorney gunned down and killed outside the courthouse where he worked. lincoln, nebraska. a man shot while in his apartment building after two armed men burst in. atlanta, georgia. a 14-year-old student shot in the head at price middle school this afternoon, one person
. >>> in his weekly address, president obama gave an upbeat outlook for the economy this year. >> we are poised to grow in 2013. the real signs of progress, home prices are starting to climb again. sales are at a five-year high. manufacturing is roaring back. businesses created $2.2 million jobs last year. we just learned our economy created more jobs over the past few months than originally thought. >> joining me is elijah cummings. sir, nice to see you. thanks for joining me. it was a mixed bag for the economy. the gdp detracted but there were good numbers in the report. listening to the president, he sounded optimistic. how do you see the economy? >> i see the economy as being fragile. but definitely moving in the right direction. alex, it's why we have to be so careful with regard to what we do in congress. a lot of the problems that could come about with regard to gdp is a result of the public and business feeling a certain level of uncertainty. we have to make -- we have to do what we are supposed to do in congress, come to reasonable decisions. we have to have some cuts. those cuts have
as we expected. >> the economy is tanking. >> remember the shovel-ready jobs that weren't shovel ready. >> shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we expected. >> we have had four years of the obama economy. it hasn't worked. >> it's been tanking for four years. >> the worst the jobs council did was very helpful. >> the jobs council that didn't embrace the president's jobs program is when you have to say, what are they up to. >> jobs council -- >> a number of ideas was acted on by this administration. as part of the president's overall commitment to job creation and economic growth. >> shovel ready was not as ready as shovel ready as we expected. >> as it turns out he had a whole bunch of business people that were trying to be good enough to get a food goodies from the president. >> you are more concerned with meetings than progress. >> there haven't been the recovery. now, we have the fourth quarter where the economy shrank. it contracted. >> greta: now what? ron johnson joins us, republican senator. i may be one of the few that it's not a big deal because i thought it was a silly pho
unemployment at 14.4%. in the words of ed koch, how'm i doing? how's our economy doing right now? >> well, it could be doing a lot better but it's not falling apart. i discount that fourth quarter gdp number. we're expanding but not as much as we like. >> jared, you are not feeling well but here and most important. thank you so much for making it here today because it's jobs report friday and a holiday for you. >> well, i'm feeling better just talking about the jobs day. >> there you go. >> makes my blood race. >> turn that frown upside down. >> two numbers jumped out at me. health care jobs up 23,000. retail jobs up 33,000. are we hiring more people in the retail sector because people are starting to send money and need more people to help them spend that money? we starting to see more people in the health care sector? people aren't afraid of obama care or numbers low or what do you think? >> well, health care is kind of -- it did well -- i don't believe there was a month even in the great recession when we were losing 700,000 jobs a month and health care did not add jobs. the job increa
the end. that's for sure. >> oh, yeah. >> john berman, many thanks to you. >>> let's turn to the economy and new and encouraging signs this rng mmorning, more evidenc jobs market is recovering, albeit agonizingly slowly. 157,000 jobs were added last month and later this hour, wall street begins the day a little giddy. the dow celebrating its best january gains since 1994, and it all comes on the heels of president obama disbanding his jobs council, a group of business leaders who advised him on the economy. republicans were quick to seize on the news, scoffing at the white house's handling of the council and the economy overall. >> if the white house spent nearly as much time trying to actually fix the economy as it did claiming it was fixed and then finding excuses and sca scape goats when its premature announcements were false i suspected the economy would be better than it is doing here today. >> christine romans, is he right? the unemployment rate is still what, 7.9% now. >> yes, 7.9%, 157,000 jobs created in january. that's modest hiring. that is an economy that is healing still slo
the unemployment rate had inched up to 7.9% again, while the economy actually added 157,000 jobs, not as many as hoped for or expected. nbc's tom costello starts us off in our washington newsroom tonight with what all of this might mean. tom, good evening. >> hi, brian. the good news, anyone with retirement money invested in stocks has made back much of what they lost during the great recession and the wall street selloff, about $8 trillion. a big rally on wall street today, with the dow back over 14,000. a lot has changed since the last time it crossed that mark on october 12th, 2007. within a year, lehman brothers and bear stearns failed. housing prices went off a cliff. the unemployment rate went from 4.7% to 10% before falling back to 7.9% today. in portland, oregon this week, more than 900 people applied for 160 new jobs at two new hardware stores. >> 80% of the people we saw were -- had been out of work for three months to up to two years. >> reporter: julie ober has been out of work for 16 months. >> my last job was front desk at a pain management company. and just -- i ac
spending cuts that could hurt the economy, if they kick in if scheduled march 1. the president is proposing a smaller budget deal now and a bigger one later. danielle nottingham has the latest. >> president obama is calling on congress to stop massive automatic spending cuts with a short-term fix. >> our economy right now is headed in the right direction. it will stay that way as long as there aren't anymore self- inflicted wounds coming out of washington. >> congress and the president signed off on the automatic cuts to force themselves to deal with the nation's skyrocketing debt. the original deadline was january 1, and when they couldn't reach a larger budget deal then, they postponed it to march 1. >> the white house wants another short-term fix to head off a hit to the fragile economy and give lawmakers more time to work out a ten-year plan. >> we should give them the chance to come up with this budget instead of making cuts now that will cost us jobs and significantly slow down our recovery. >> the president continues to push an approach that includes more tax revenue along with
the economy faster or put more people back to work. the problem is we have a stalemate in washington. this week, we received the 50 estimate of america's economic growth and it reminded us that bad decisions in washington can get in the waive our economic progress. >> eric: the president blames republicans, the republicans blame the president. who is to blame? both? we have the chair of the foreign pac and outreach director for john mccain for president and a congressman from pennsylvania. ford, you heard the litany from the president. after all, he is the commander in chief. he is the president... in charge? >> the president is the biggest obstac toll private-sector job growth in america right now. he seem, to we can tax, spend and regulate ourselves to prosperity. the private sector is asking for certainty. because the president doesn't want to pass a budget or modernize spending for bietlements. he is the big issue. it is up to him to take a long look in the mirror. i agree that congress has played a role. he needs to stop worrying about destroying republicans and start worrying a
will not hurt this economy. let's not push our luck. republicans will block it. we'll be right back. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats. you can't go wrong loving it. >>> stock market correction today. i still believe rising profits and an easy fed will keep the bull market going -- at least until the president tax bombs us to death again. that's what obama said before the super bowl yesterday which could be the real reason the markets sold off today. another big tax hike on investors. here now is dave goldman from fixed income research at bank of america, president of macro strategy and don luskin chief investment officer at. you get all wound up in the europeans thing, the prime minister may have been on the take for construction money. what do i know? why do i care about that? that doesn't mean anything to me. >> i agree. spain is not a systemic threat. it's too small to bring the rest of europe down. we have asian centered
support this plan say reform is good for elections and the economy. >> reform is critical to the nation's economy. the reality is that even in a very tight economy, there are all types of industries in our country which have used the work of immigrants every day to achieve the economic goals of those industries. >> the vast majority of americans believe that we need to have a legal immigration system that works an we have no is not a 21st century legal immigration system. >> reporter: the house is working on its own version of immigration reform. however, many democratic leaders say they're not quite as far along as the senate and of course they have their own critics, many of them republican members of the house who are concerned about money and whether or not the money will go towards securing our boarders. we'll have much more -- our borders. we'll have much more coming up in the half-hour. >> thanks, delia, live on capitol hill this morning. >>> in the last year border patrol agents have been dealing with more people trying to come to the country illegal. in 2012 agents made more th
reality, then the normal? >> i think there is two reasons for that. the economy is terrible the way it is, and people don't want to hire. uncertainty in the regulation, but we need to ask the question, is college more about accreditation our education? more about saying to my went to college, have a degree, are getting a value for investments in that think that is a question that we need to start asking because in the politicking of hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans and not getting the rate of return. gerri: not even rate of return. the fact that people delay having families, getting married, buying a house. their entire lives are in suspense and while this happens. they stuck to pay this off. >> it is startling. what is scary is i know young people letter saying, on the job, but you don't necessarily have to get a four year degree to get a job. there are other ways to get a well paying jobs. vocational schools. we will always need mechanics and plumbers. you do not need for your education to be a successful small business owner. i think we're losing that. the rich selling
is destroying the economy. would you rather they were raising interest rates? >> yes. >> economy would be falling off a cliff. >> you are insan i'm sorry, there is no way that would make for productive economy. >> no, no. >> the one thing that would fix things here -- >> what we have is not productive economy. this is inflationary bubble. melissa: gohead. >> one thing fix this getting into economic growth scenario we don't have. if you start to tighten up interest rates we're never going to get there. melissa: pete-- >> we'll never get there if we keep interest rates low. melissa: aren't they same amount of stupid, tightening interest rates and raising taxes, both strike me as terrible ideas. >> i don't want to raise taxes. we want to slash government spending. we want to liquidate bad debt. let prices readjust. we need to save, produce, we need to export. we can't keep borrowing money to consume imports. that is how we destroyed our economy. >> our savings is at one of the highest levels in a decade. >> but not economic growth. melissa: peter, you're fantastic i think we drove a lot o
. the controversial comment from san francisco's archbishop. >> is the stock market growing while the economy is shrinking? it sounds more like a rid. sam brock takes a look in tonight's reality chicagoing. >> i'm janelle wang. america's next possible defense secretary in the hot seat. the angry questions directed at chuck hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your
of the economy. >>> after that, of course, the super bowl wasn't just one of the on biggest sporting events of the year, it was one of the biggest days of the year for madison avenue. we'll take a look at which ads were touchdowns and were ads were fumbles. >> mariana rajoy meets angela merkel. >>> plus, upcoming elections that sylvia berlusconi has called his last great electoral and political battle. >>> the power to split up uk banks if they fail to -- activity. george osborne is expected to give the bank of england the responsibility to make sure banks are involved in these activities. you have to love the extended analogy. watch the george osborne speech live here at 10:30 local for those of you here with us in the uk. in the meantime, there are more charges at the top over at barclay's. last night, the bank's financial chief and financial chief announced their leaving. tomorrow, barclay's ceo anthony jenkins will face questions in parliament over banking standards and next week he will present his long awaited plans for transforming the bank. >>> and a number of stories about rbs also
number. we're warning, does it necessarily mean that the market has been wrong about the economy? or was it the one off and was it, you know, some special factors that caused that shrinkage and does it get revised back up and subsequent reports? i've heard a lot of places. this is the best negative gdp report. >> well, if you're going to have to pick a negative one, this would be it. >> but there was a lot of good stuff. >> it doesn't startle the market at all when it came out. >> i don't know whether they're whistling past the grape yard -- the mark was over a contraction, but not negative. >> they were looking for growth of 1%. >> so it was expected to be -- to go down. no one thought it would be negative. but if you're looking for 1% and you minus a tenth -- >> it's off by one. >> you think it's going to hit the unemployment rate? there's a big debate. >> i have no idea. >> i it probably won't this time around -- >> plus one or zero is not a big difference. the reality is you need 3% gdp growth. >> that's assuming that he needs an introduction. >> you're right, he doesn't. thi
winter taking us for a ride the last few days. >> that's right. >>> the other big story, the economy. the powerful rally on wall street. if you've invested in stocks, these are some pretty good days. >> and for the reasons that shares are trading at near record levels, we're pleased to say we are joined here in new york by abc's tahman bradley. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny and rob. so nice to be up here with you, i brought some good news. seems like the economy is turning around. new data is -- are giving both investors and home owners reasons to smile. the economy posts numbers we haven't seen in years. it looks and feels like a comeback. stocks and the nation's housing market are soaring. the dow jones nearly hit the 14,000 mark yesterday, closing at 13,954, its highest level in five years. after an increase of 850 points in january, the dow is only 200 points away from its all-time high. the result, american investments are surging. the average 401(k) retirement account increased 20% in the last year. from $64,000 to roughly $80,000. >> the worst case sce
in the economy for the first time since 2009. the s & p 500 is up more than 5% so far this month. very, very strong month. >> what can you say? this is a great bull market. it is. i mean, the averages went up big. transports led us, okay. could we go for a breather? it would make sense, but the fed is not stopping. it's not stopping the fed. >> s & p keeps putting out these historical numbers, a 5% gain in january and years like that, just going back to '50, 1950, 31% for the year, 27, 26, 31, 45. i mean, just -- does this year hold that potential. >> hear siegel this morning, i know there's controversy, even on this deck, about -- >> for the long term. >> he did call the top. >> he loved housing you and -- my god, i'm sorry. >> my dad's building, the society of towers. >> since the last time we had the gapes, '07, 12-month forward pe is 15. back then, it was 9. we are not overpriced necessarily, given the run that we had. >> keeps rates down, competition from bonds, not so great. i still can't get over that they preserve thafd dividend low tax rate these are bond equivalents, a lot of stock
is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> now to the economy and the financial markets. stocks fell a bit today with all three major indexes modestly lower. but for the month, the dow was up almost 6%, the best since january in '94. nasdaq gained 4%, s&p just over 6. its best january since '97. what is the market surge trying to tell us when mixed in with some bad news out there, as well? and on the eve of another big jobs report? our report from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: 25-year-old kory wilson can tell you, it's not easy looking for a job. she has applied for 200 since earning a master's degree in public relations last may. >> being a post graduate, either i'm overqualified or i'm underqualified. >> she is looking for work, but the economy seemingly poised to either take off or take a stumble. today new applications brought employment benefits jumped by 38,000. but they hit five-year lows the previous two weeks. personal income and spending both grew in december. the housing market seems to be improving, and while the economy actually shrank in the fourth quarter, many blame gove
>>> on the broadcast tonight, a wild ride for the american economy. stocks surge to their highest close in more than five years, nearing an all-time high. but unemployment ticked up. then there's the price of gas. suddenly sky-high again. >>> there's been another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. our own richard engel is there, all of it playing out when we get a new secretary of state. >>> new rules in the ongoing fight over birth control coverage. the president makes an offer. the question is, will religious leaders give it their blessing? >>> and the big game. it's all over, but the shouting, the fans are in place, the excitement is building. oh, but wait. we're talking about the puppy bowl on sunday. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. late today the stock market crossed over something of a mythic mark of the modern era and the dow jones industrials closed above 14,000 for the first time since 2007. and we all remember what happened back then. the stock market
to cover the super bowl this sunday, but we start tonight with the economy. it took nearly five years but the dow is back above 14,000, a symbolic end to the worst economic crisis since the great depression. back in october of 2007 the dow hit an all time high of 14,164 and then the bottom fell out. by march of' 099, that key measure of america's economic health had fallen to 6,547. today the dow gained 149 points to close at 14,009. the market was giving a thumbs up to the latest jobs report. while unemployment did tick up a tenth of a point to 7.9%, a separate survey of employers shows that they added 157,000 new jobs. but is the stock market's big gain a sign of economic health or is it a wall street fever? here's anthony mason. >> reporter: super bowl souvenirs are rolling off the line in a hurry at win craft, the sports collectibles company if winnow ma, minnesota. super bowl sunday is big business here. president john killen says the company just had a strong sales year. >> it actually grew our employment base to about 50 people up from about 500. the sales jobs, accounting jobs
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